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Sarah's key (Elle s'appelait Sarah) - Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Aidan Quinn, Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

Based on Tatiana de Rosnay's best-selling novel, Sarah's key (Elle s'appelait Sarah) tells the story of Julia (Kristin Scott Thomas) an American journalist on the brink of making big life decisions regarding her marriage and her unborn child. What starts off as a research article about the Vel'd'Hiv Round-up in 1942 in France ends up as a journey towards self-discovery as she stumbles upon a terrible secret and discovers the heartbreaking story of a Jewish family forced out of their home, a home that is now their own. As she starts to see, live, and breathe through Sarah (Mélusine Mayance), the eldest daughter, her world is turned upside down. Can one put aside shadows form the past?

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama France World War II journalism Jew Nazi French collaborator Paris secret past history

Persons of interest

  • Niels Arestrup .... Jules Dufaure
  • Arben Bajraktaraj .... Mr Starzynski
  • Gisèle Casadesus .... Mamé
  • Michel Duchaussoy .... Edouard Tezac
  • Dominique Frot .... Geneviève Dufaure
  • Natasha Mashkevich .... Mrs Starzynski
  • Mélusine Mayance .... Sarah
  • Frédéric Pierrot .... Bertrand Tezac
  • Aidan Quinn .... William Rainsferd
  • Kristin Scott Thomas .... Julia
  • Serge Joncour .... Screenwriter
  • Gilles Paquet-Brenner .... Screenwriter
  • Gilles Paquet-Brenner .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Sarah's key (Elle s'appelait Sarah) is a sad and disgusting film. It's sad because the only thing worse than dying in the holocaust is living through the holocaust. It's disgusting because the Nazis messed up so many people, including the ones they were supposed to be protecting: the Germans. In this film, they also manage to fuck up the French, never particularly sane to begin with, so that they become more Nazi than the Nazis, rounding up Jews for the ovens without even being asked to. I still don't get how genocide was ever supposed to be a good way to solve one's problems. Sure, creating an enemy is a form of wedge politics, but rounding up as many as you can find and killing them all? Sheesh. Even John Howard didn't go that far. Although he did round them up and ship them off to concentration camps...

The drama, France movie Sarah's key (Elle s'appelait Sarah) is directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner and stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Aidan Quinn.

Government security censorship classification

M (Mature themes and holocaust scenes)

Surveillance time

111 minutes (1:51 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 23 December 2010

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